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Phonic Firefly 808 Universal Studio Recording Preamp with 192 kHz USB 2.0 + FireWire Interface

3.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • FireWire (IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 24-bit resolution, up to 192 kHz sampling rate
  • 18 simultaneous inputs and outputs FireWire/USB audio interface
  • 8 microphone preamps with trim control and individual phantom power switches
  • 8 analog line inputs including 2 instrument inputs
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FireWire (IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0 audio interface 24-bit resolution, up to 192 kHz sampling rate 18 simultaneous inputs and outputs FireWire/USB audio interface 8 microphone preamps with trim control and individual phantom power switches 8 analog line inputs including 2 instrument inputs 8 channels of optical ADAT I/O (4 ch. via 96k dual SMUX) S/PDIF I/O, AES/EBU I/O, MIDI I/O and word clock I/O Headphone output and Main output with volume control for monitoring purpose Channel meters on channel 1 to 8 for input or output Synchronization, sampling rate, digital I/O and MIDI in/out indicators Dual FireWire ports for daisy chaining and direct connection to Mac or PC Stand-alone mixer functionality for field and studio use without computer Instrument input, pad switch, balanced 1/4" TRS send jacks on Inputs 1 and 2 Compatible with Mac OSX and Windows XP, Vista & 7 Steinberg's Cubase LE digital audio workstation software included The new Phonic Firefly 808 Universal rack-mountable preamplifier with USB and FireWire interface is an easy-to-use, high-quality recording interface for songwriters to record guitars, keyboards, vocals and more to the computer. Featured are 8 analog (XLR and 1/4") inputs and 8 analog (1/4") outputs, as well as S/PDIF, AES/EBU, MIDI and ADAT inputs and outputs – all of which are streamed to and from the computer in real time through the FireWire or USB connection in superb 24-bit/192kHz audio. Compatible with the most popular of Digital Audio Workstation software, this powerful unit provides recording musicians and engineers alike with the kind of sophisticated yet easy-to-use recording device they require.

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Item Weight 13.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 21 x 16 x 16 inches
Shipping Weight 13.4 pounds
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ASIN B002GNK2RK
Item model number Firefly 808 Universal
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3.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #175,883 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#227 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Microphones > Accessories > Preamps
#54,468 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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When I saw the 1 bad review for this product, I had to post MY review to counter act.

to the other reviewer: you are calling for a firewire interface, but using USB?.. did you know there are 2 drivers for this, 1 for USB and 1 for Firewire? You cannot install both on the same system. If you read the manual...

I've been using the Firefly 808 since the first revision that didn't include USB. You CAN pair the older non-USB revision with the Universal and they play together well. I admit, when I first got the second interface (you can daisy chain up to 8 to octuple your inputs and outputs.. maybe more) They were going out of sync, I kept getting clips and pops, but THAT WAS MY FAULT - I didn't set 1 to be the clock source and the other as the slave (CS...and something... I don't have my rig on at the time of writing this) It was the customer service at Phonic's main page that helped me with this. They responded in less than 24hours!

Using Reason and VST's I get near zero - at the most 2ms latency which is not really detectable when using Midi instruments. ALSO there is a direct monitoring fader (within driver software) that allows for direct monitoring for your singer/drummer. I've plugged guitars directly into the firefly and used VST amp modelers with ease.

My main DAW at this moment is Ableton Live for all the built in instruments, VST compatibility, composition and recording capabilities. I have used the Firefly 808 Universal successfully with Reaper, Sony Acid, Sony Soundforge, and Native Instruments bundles. I created a box with two of these units, headphone distribution amp,
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Somebody wrote "Low quality. Too noisy to use for serious recordings. You would be better off spending more money on something else."
I don't understand how he came to this statement. Look at the data sheet and you would see that this statement is impossible. The source of noise must come from a different source. This interface is absolutely quite and even if you turn up the volume all the way you can barely hear any noise.
A detailed review is shown here:
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I am using this interface with professional SW (Magix Samplitude ProX)and I love the results. I play the violin for 46 years and I am extremely picky if it comes down to recording quality. Most problems are rather in microphones or poor SW then in this interface.
I love that the phantom power of each input can be switched on/off individually.
One thing took me a while to find out is that the inputs are always routed onto the outputs. This can be changed by opening the firefly808 audio interface where you find a slider for completely detaching the input from the outputs or the playback onto the outputs so only the inputs can be heard. Once you get used to this it is a nice and powerful way to record and play back.
You can cascade up to 8 audio interfaces which will fulfill all your needs.
This Audio interface is fairly priced and cheaper then most other interfaces. I compared almost 20 interfaces for price, # of channels and technical data.
I decided for the firefly 808 because of the convincing data. It keeps the promises in every aspect.
I did not have any problem with the interface to my windows 7 PC. Obviously all bugs are out. You still should download the latest driver.
I am using firewire and did not try out the USB interface.
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My purchase of the Phonic was driven by the need to replace my old unit that was firewire only. Most new laptops don't come with firewire or the ability to add it, so I was pleased to find that the Phonic supported both firewire and USB.

I have owned a Phonic Helix mixer, so I was familiar with Phonic products and quality prior to buying the 808 interface. Setup was a breeze and Reaper configured it correctly without my intervention. Within 10 minutes I was recording with the new interface. I find the preamps to be very quiet and the quality of the unit to be excellent. It's a very intuitive layout and works very well. The inclusion of ADAT allows me to connect an a/d d/a strip for more inputs. The mixer software is simple and easy to use. I had planned to spend twice as much on a unit that didn't fit my specs exactly because most of the better units are firewire only, but I think that the Phonic was the better choice at half the cost.

When reading specs and online reviews of this product, some doubt was raised as to whether the 808 can record 8 channels at once. I tested the unit immediately after receipt and it recorded 8 simultaneous tracks flawlessly. The 808 is a stellar buy for the money.
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The sound thru these bad boys are clean no hiss very detailed i bought two cause the first sounded great.the only problem is older macs like my g5 dont recognize it by fire wire connection only usb and phonic corp is no help at all other than that your music will sound great
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